What Bronzer Is Really For

Contouring had a major moment in the beauty world, but now it seems to be considered passé by most beauty experts. A corrective cosmetic practice often used to make bone structure look more defined, or to create the illusion of a smaller nose, contouring was everywhere for a while. But just because that trend is in our rearview, doesn’t mean you don’t still need your Believable Bronzer. Celebrity makeup artist Hung Vanngo talked to Cosmopolitan.com’s beauty director Carly Cardellino about what bronzer is really for.

In a word, warmth. According to Vanngo, bronzer’s primary function is not to add color the way that blush does (though you can use it that way), but to give an element of vitality to the skin. Applying bronzer correctly will give you the look of healthy, vibrant skin.

What Bronzer is Really For

While brushing on faux razor-sharp cheekbones is no longer en vogue, bronzer is great for adding a touch of definition to your natural features. This is especially important for Vanngo’s celebrity clientele: “When [bronzer] is applied to the perimeter of the face, the dimension is able to come through and be visible through a camera’s flash.”

Smart Cover’s Believable Bronzer can be applied on the face and body, so feel free to add a touch of definition to your upper arms, collarbone, or even your legs! Vanngo advises using a big, soft brush to apply bronzer so that it will be distributed evenly and lightly. Smart Cover’s All Purpose Brush is the perfect tool for this.

There is an endless ebb and flow to beauty trends. What’s hot today will be relegated to the has-been pile tomorrow. While it’s fun to keep up with what’s trendy, ultimately you have to go with what feels right to you, and hopefully that includes Smart Cover!

Fun Halloween Costume Ideas!

Some adults love the challenge of coming up with a creative get-up, while others slap on some cat ears and call it done. Either way, Smart Cover is here to help with some fun Halloween costume ideas that won’t break the bank!

Fans of TV’s The Good Place can go as Janet, the magical assistant who is not quite a human and not quite a robot. All you need is a long pencil skirt, a pussy-bow blouse and an eerily cheerful demeanor. Janet’s a natural beauty, so for makeup, we recommend Smart Cover’s Camouflage Crème, the Two-in-One Glow Stick to give your lips and cheeks a little color and some mascara.

According to Popsugar.com writer Kelsey Garcia, 2018’s trending Halloween costumes will include newlyweds Harry and Meghan, which might be a little hard to pull off on a budget. Garcia also suggests dressing up as Beyoncé at Coachella. All you need is Daisy Dukes, a cropped yellow sweatshirt and some serious swagger. Makeup-wise, play up those eyes with glittery eyeshadow and hide skin concerns with the Smart Cover Stick.

Fun Halloween Costume Ideas That Won’t Break the Bank!

If you’re not into trendy costumes, you can dress up as a mime with items you already own: black pants and a black shirt, Smart Cover’s Color Corrector all over your face, thick black eyeliner to accentuate your eyes and eyebrows, and red lipstick. Just remember to pretend you’re in a box all night to make it really authentic!

Halloween is meant to be fun, so don’t let it stress you out. By all means, skip it if it’s not your thing. And even if you are planning to slap on some cat ears and head out the door, you can still make sure your skin is looking flawless with Smart Cover!

The Joys of Bath Time

There are countless pop culture references to the escapist pleasures of a nice bath. Harried moms in detergent commercials retreat to the tub when they just can’t deal with life (or apparently, laundry) anymore. Even Ernie from Sesame Street gets in on the action, filling a tub with bubbles and bringing his Rubber Ducky along for the soak. The joys of bath time are well-documented indeed. But is it good for you?

In a word, yes. Longborough University research associate Steve Faulkner reports that in a recent study, an hour-long soak in a hot bath (about 104 degrees Fahrenheit) resulted in about as many calories burned as a half-hour walk. He further asserts that “passive heating,” that is to say, heating the body up without exercising, has approximately the same effect as exercise when it comes to controlling your blood sugar and reducing your blood pressure!

The Joys of Bath Time

Some people like to add scented oils or even healing herbs to the bath, while others go for good old-fashioned bubbles (like our pal, Ernie), or just plain water. It all depends on your personal sensitivities and preferences. Lifehack.org writer Diane Koopman suggests cold water to tighten your skin “and reduce sweating and open pores, whilst still providing optimal hydration.”

Smart Cover Makeup Remover & Cleanser is a wonderful addition to your bath experience, especially since it works so well to remove makeup on your face and body without over-drying your skin. This is especially perfect if you use Smart Cover Concealing Crème to cover varicose veins, bruises or other skin concerns on your body.

A hot bath, like a hot fudge sundae, a kind word from a friend, or a new makeup kit from Smart Cover, is one of those little treats you just need once in awhile. Give yourself the care you deserve!

 

Wax, Shave, Thread or Sugar?

Mother Nature clearly did not anticipate this generation’s proclivity for smooth, hairless skin. Of course, there are plenty of folks who proudly let their body hair grow and we say, “More power to them!” How about you? Do you wax, shave, thread or sugar?

Wax, shave, thread, or sugar

Waxing, as defined by beinghealthfull.com, is “a method of hair removal where warm wax is applied to your skin and hair and removed quickly to remove hair.” Most of us are familiar with this process, whether you get your eyebrows waxed at the nail salon or go for a full Brazilian (wherein all bikini-adjacent hair is removed) at a spa.

It can hurt, but if you’re being serviced by a reputable esthetician the pain should be short-lived and the results can last for weeks. If your skin is a little sensitive, there may be redness afterward. This usually only lasts a couple of hours, and you can cover it with Smart Cover Concealing Crème on your face or body.

Self writer Emily Rekstis swears by sugaring: “Although the technique is very similar to waxing, sugaring uses a [gentler] mix of sugar, lemon, and water to remove hair.” This method tends to hurt less than waxing but is a slightly more expensive.

Threading is yet another inexpensive and nonpermanent hair removal option that lasts weeks longer than shaving. Elle.com’s George Driver explains: “A piece of thread that is specially coated with anti-bacterial wax is… twisted in the hands of the professional, to create a mini-lasso [that] removes the hairs quickly and directly from the follicles.”

One con to threading is that the skin must be held taut (usually by the client herself) as the threading is done, which is a little uncomfortable. But beauty experts will tell you that threading gets you the fiercest eyebrows. Cover any redness with Smart Cover Camouflage Crème and enjoy looking amazing!

Which of This Season’s Makeup Trends Will You Fall For?

The runways told a wild and colorful story about this season’s makeup trends. As always, there are some looks that work great if you’re a supermodel… but maybe not so much if you’re in the regular 9 to 5 world. For example, Elle reporter Kristina Rodulfo was loving the brightly hued, double-ringed eyeliner. It looked amazing on the runway but might be a little harder to pull off in your cubicle. So which of this season’s makeup trends will you fall for?

There’s plenty of inspiration to be drawn from this year’s fashion shows, and it’s easier than you think to adapt them to suit your own personal style. Last year’s obsession with rosy cheeks is back, according to Good Housekeeping’s beauty writers Marci Robin and Blake Bakkila. This is simple to pull off and works on virtually everyone.

Smart Cover’s Two-in-One Glow Stick is the perfect tool for this. It’s easily applied and gives your cheeks the sweet, “winter” look that’s so en vogue. As Glamour reports, you have all kinds of options when it comes to lips, from dramatic ombres in pinks and purples, to a simple, fresh-looking lip gloss. For the latter, the Two-in-One Glow Stick comes in handy again!

This Season’s Makeup Trends

While eyes were resplendent with sparkles, and floating liner in neon blues and pinks, this was in some cases played up by a nude-looking face, noted Elle‘s Kristina Rodulfo. When you’re going for dramatic eyes or lips, it’s best to let them be the center of attention by leaving cheeks virtually bare. Give yourself a flawless canvas with Smart Cover’s Camouflage Crème, to cover any skin concerns and leave your face with a smooth and creamy finish.

Be as adventurous as you want to be this autumn, and bring your Smart Cover along for the ride!

When You Can’t Stop Picking at Your Skin

The health of your mind and body are closely related. If your body is suffering in any way, it is bound to impact your mental health. Conversely, if you are living with anxiety, depression, or any other mental health issues, those issues will often manifest themselves in a physical way. One example of this is excoriation disorder, which is a compulsion to pick at the skin. What do you do when you can’t stop picking at your skin?

Many of us have found ourselves giving way more attention to a scab or hangnail than was warranted, but excoriation disorder goes far beyond that. Alternately called dermatillomania or chronic skin-picking, Mental Health America defines this disorder as “a mental illness related to obsessive-compulsive disorder… characterized by repeated picking at one’s own skin which results in skin lesions and causes significant disruption in one’s life.”

When You Can’t Stop Picking at Your Skin

Recently, television personality Dr. Phil McGraw decided to shine a light on this affliction. A guest on his program confessed that she had been obsessively picking at her own skin for four years, beginning when she was 17 years old. A great deal of damage had already been done to her once-pristine complexion, but she was determined to stop and finally ready to ask for help.

This is a crucial first step: reaching out for help. If you think that you or someone you know is dealing with excoriation disorder, there are resources available to you, including the TLC Foundation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors.

Smart Cover Cosmetics has always been dedicated to helping individuals with all kinds of skin concerns. If there is something you want to cover, our Concealing Crème will restore a smooth, clear appearance to your skin (as long as skin is not open). To wash the day away, we are proud to offer Smart Cover Makeup Remover & Cleanser. Most importantly, Smart Cover is here to remind you that you are not alone.

Humidity is good for your skin!

We are in the final “dog days”of summer, and you may have begun to dream longingly of cooler days already. As one sticky day blurs into the next, you’re wondering when you can say goodbye to this muggy weather. It’s not quite that time yet, but maybe all this humidity is good for your skin!

According to health writer Abigail Libers, there is no one perfect climate for every skin type. We all benefit from sweating out our toxins, which is of course facilitated by a hot, humid environment. The humidity makes your skin cells turn over faster than usual, which for those of us with oily skin means more debris to clog pores and cause breakouts.

To minimize the negative effects of humidity on oily skin, wash morning and night with a gentle cleanser like Smart Cover Makeup Remover & Cleanser. The fruit enzymes exfoliate your skin and fully dissolve the day’s makeup without causing irritation. If you’re looking a little shinier than you’d like, Smart Cover’s Compact Finishing Powder will keep you smooth and fresh-looking, whatever the day brings.

Humidity is good for your skin!

If you have eczema, which can cause dry, itchy and flaky skin, then a humid climate will help your skin retain moisture. This will both help to heal the redness and itchiness, and will also decrease the flaking. Even if you don’t have this condition, but tend to have somewhat dry skin, humidity will prove beneficial to your skin.

For individuals with eczema or psoriasis, Smart Cover Concealing Creme can cover redness (as well as skin concerns from blemishes to scars to tattoos). If you don’t have the luxury of picking up and moving to your skin’s dream climate, at least you know how to care for it so you can always look and feel great.

Back to School Time!

For some students, shopping for school supplies means more than just the usual notebooks, folders, and textbooks. Back to school time is also the perfect opportunity to refresh your supply of cosmetics, and Smart Cover has just what you need to get ready for the new school year!

Back to School Time

Though January is the official start of the new year for most of us in Western Civilization, other cultures and religions recognize the autumn as the beginning of the year. One example is the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah. “It is both a time of rejoicing and of serious introspection, a time to celebrate the completion of another year while also taking stock of one’s life.”

Education journalist Emily Richmond also notes that there are physical and emotional responses to the fall that can make us feel like it’s the time for a new beginning. “Even with the advent of technology that keeps the most fortunate of us cool in the summer and warm in the winter, certain environmental cues—such as leaves turning color or the crispness of the morning air—remind us that the surrounding environment is changing.”

This can trigger nostalgia, as the distinct sights, sounds, and smells of autumn hearken you back to childhood, and getting ready for the first day of school. Though we may not have been delighted to end our summer vacations, most of us can remember the fun of reconnecting with school friends and having a completely clean academic slate with endless possibility.

If you’re school supply-shopping right now, don’t forget your Two-in-One Glow Stick, to add a subtle rosy hue to your lips and cheeks. You’ll also want a Smart Cover Stick, to hide dark eye circles and blemishes in an instant. It’s the size of a lipstick, so you can tuck it into your pocket, or throw it in your schoolbag. Stocking up on Smart Cover may be the smartest thing you do today!

Food Matters to Your Skin!

You may think you’re doing everything right, but food matters to your skin!

We know, we know: you wash your face in the morning, apply a moisturizer and SPF under your Smart Cover concealer, and limit your time in the sun. At the end of the day, you wash off the day’s dirt and makeup with Smart Cover Cleanser & Makeup Remover, and you even use a night cream to help rebuild skin cells and fight free radicals while you sleep for seven to eight hours. But guess what? Food matters to your skin!

If your diet’s not right, your skin won’t be right.

Even if you have the kind of metabolism that allows you to eat a double cheeseburger and wash it down with a chocolate shake without gaining an ounce, you may very well gain a blemish or two from all that sugar and starch. Allure.com writer Elizabeth Siegel notes that the jury is still out in terms of whether dairy really does cause breakouts, but it has been established that “too much sugar can break down collagen and elastin, making your skin look dull and causing wrinkles over time.”

So what foods should you eat for better skin?

Foods with lots of vitamin C, like strawberries, broccoli and citrus fruits, according to Self.com, help with the production of collagen. Collagen, of course, is what keeps your skin looking youthful and fresh.

Almonds and sunflower seeds contain Vitamin E, which help protect your skin from the sun—but you still need to wear sunblock!

Of course, leafy green vegetables like kale and spinach are great for you on a number of levels. When it comes to your skin, these foods are rich in Vitamin A, which helps with cell production and turnover, and can also help fight free radicals, which advance the aging process.

Smart Cover concealers can hide your blemishes and imperfections, but the right diet will help keep those blemishes from ever appearing in the first place!

Freckles Are Having A Moment!

It would appear that freckles are having a moment. This is quite a paradigm shift!

In popular Western culture, freckles were often associated with endearingly mischievous children, like the famous comic strip character Dennis the Menace. Freckles were almost used as a shorthand to convey youthful impishness. They were not typically considered a beauty trait.

This was illustrated in the beloved literary classic Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. Anne’s red hair and freckles were a source of frustration to her, and as she grew up and became more beautiful, her freckles faded.

Love Your Freckles

A more positive attitude about freckles came from Pippi Longstocking, the character created by Swedish children’s author Astrid Lindgren. Pippi happened upon a sign outside a store window. It read: “Do you suffer from freckles?”

The very freckled Pippi marched into the store and told the lady behind the counter that she did not suffer from freckles.

“[The lady] took one look at Pippi and burst out, ‘But, my dear child, your whole face is covered with freckles!’

‘I know that,’ said Pippi, ‘but I don’t suffer from them. I love them. Good morning.’”

Freckles Are Having A Moment

At long last, it seems like the world is catching up to Pippi. Instead of hiding freckles with concealer, beauty trends are moving in the opposite direction. There are now makeup pencils made expressly for drawing faux freckles. Indeed, freckles have become such a sought-after beauty trait, that people are getting permanent freckle tattoos!

If you still feel like covering up your freckles, of course that’s your prerogative. Smart Cover’s waterproof Concealing Crème can cover freckles, as well as most other skin concerns. If you want to show your freckles, try the Smart Cover Stick to conceal dark eye circles and blemishes, and touch up with the Compact Finishing Powder. Complete the look with the Two-in-One Glowstick on your lips and cheeks.

Your lovely freckles will shine through and so will your natural beauty!